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All assignments should be submitted through dropbox.com. You will need to create an account at dropbox.com in order to submit your assignments. This account is free and comes with 2 GB of storage. You will receive an invitation to join the shared folder from me shortly before the semester begins or by the first night of class.

I have created a course folder called Information Design Spring 2014 with a subfolder called Students, which includes a subfolder for each of you. Within your student folder are several folders, one for each of the individual deliverables. Inside each of those folders is another folder called Ready for Grading. I will assume that any documents placed in this folder are ready to be graded.

You can use dropbox in two ways: 1) Access it through the website or 2) download and install the dropbox client, which creates a drive on your computer like any other drive. You will not be able to download the dropbox client if you are not using your own computer.

Because I need to provide you all access to the course dropbox folder (Information Design S 2012), which will include multiple folders with materials necessary for the class (e.g., worksheets, readings, and so on) and which includes students' folders, everyone will have access to everyone else's folder. We will work on the honor system and agree that no one will go into someone else's folder without permission.

Legend for recommended texts

  • PS: The Non-Designer's Photoshop Book
  • ID: The Non-Designer's InDesign Book
  • DW: Dreamweaver CS 6 Visual Quickstart Guide
  • TB: Tracy Bridgeford Instructor Materials

I reserve the right to make changes to the weekly schedule as necessary for the class.

January

15

In Class

  • Introduction to the Course
  • dropbox.com
  • Semester Deliverables
  • What is Information Design?
  • Observation Journal Assigned

Reading due before class

  • Course syllabus website
  • Sturken & Cartwright (available in dropbox --> Course Readings)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Response to Struken and Cartwright (see assignment for writing reading responses under individual deliverables)
  • Response to the Syllabus

 

22

In Class

  • Principles of Design
  • Quick InDesign Demo

Reading due before class

  • Kimball & Hawkins (Chapter 2)
  • Bernhardt (available in dropbox)

Recommended

  • ID: Chapters 1 & 2 (Introduction and Text Frames & Formatting)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Exercises #1 and #3 (p. 37) (bring to class)
  • Response to Bernhardt (see assignment for writing reading responses under individual deliverables)

 

29

In Class

  • Theories of Design
  • InDesign Demo Continued

Reading due before class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Chapter 3

RecommendeD

ID: Chapters 3 & 4 (Spacing Features and Tabs and Indents)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • write a two-sentence summary paragraph about each theory discussed in Kimball & Hawkins (perception, visual culture, and visual rhetoric) for an in-class exercise
  • Kimball & Hawkins: Exercise #2 (p. 69) (bring to class)
  • Observation Journal (hard copy)
February

5

In Class

  • Page Design, Style Sheets
  • Article/Webtext Assigned

Reading due before class

  • Kimball & Hawkins (Chapter 5)
  • Schriver (What Technical Communicators Need to Know about Information Design, available in dropbox)

Recommended

  • ID: Review Chapters 1-4 & Chapter 6 (Style Sheets)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Exercise #1 (p. 150) (bring to class)
  • Response to Schriver (What Technical Communicators Need to Know about Information Design), (see assignment for writing reading responses under individual deliverables)

 

12

In Class

  • Type
  • Type Quiz
  • Photoshop Demo

Reading due before class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Chapter 6

Recommended

  • PS: Chapters 1, 5, & 6 (Introduction, Layers, & Type)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Kimball & Hawkins Exercises #1 & #2 (p. 198)

 

19

In Class

Reading due before class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Chapter 7

Recommended

  • PS: Chapters 3, 8, & 9 (Basic, Layers, and Working with Transparency)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Exercise #4 (p. 245)
  • Article Due (submit both InDesign and PDF versions to your dropbox folder in the appropriate subfolder)

 

26

In Class

  • Website Structure & Cascading Style Sheets
  • Dreamweaver Demo
  • Webtext Assigned (review Article/Webtext assignment under Individual Deliverables)

Reading due before class

  • None

Recommended

  • DW: Chapters 1-4 (Introducing Dreamweaver, Starting Your First Site, Building Your First Page, and Adding Text to Your Pages)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Visual Technology Autobiography
March

5

In Class

  • Group Project (Journal) Assigned
  • Cascading Style Sheets Review

Reading due before class

  • None

Recommended

  • DW: Chapters 7-9 (Styling Page Content, Using Styles for Layout, & Managing Styles)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Continue working on webtext

 

12

In Class

  • Interface and Navigation

Reading due before class

  • None

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Continuing working on webtext

 

19

In Class

  • Collaboration
  • PITCH Night

Reading due before class

  • TB: Collaboration (available in dropbox)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • 60-second Pitch for Online Journal (submit proposal form available in dropbox)
  • Journal Website Proposal Worksheet (available in dropbox; use to prepare for Pitch Night)
  • Draft of webtext (make an appointment with the instructor for an individual conference)

 

23-30

Spring Break: No Class

April

2

In Class

  • Color
  • Webtext Workshop

Reading due before class

  • Kimball & Hawkins: Chapter 8

Recommended

  • ID: Chapters 8 (Create & Apply Color)
  • PS: Chapter 11 (Color Tools)

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Audience Analysis Worksheet (available in dropbox)
  • Continue working on Journal Website

 

9

In Class

  • Journal Workshop

Reading due before class

  • None

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Continue working on journal website

 

16

In Class

  • Webtext Presentations
  • Journal Workshop

Reading due before class

  • Nothing

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Final Webtext
  • Presentation of Webtext

 

23

In Class

  • In-class Peer Evaluations of Journal Website

Reading due before class

  • Nothing

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Website Evaluation Form (available in dropbox; complete in class)

 

30

Last Day of Information Design

In Class

  • Group Presentations of Journal Website

Reading due before class

  • Nothing

Deliverables due to dropbox BEFORE class

  • Attendance
  • Presentation

 

May 7

All documents for the semester must be submitted by 5:00 pm today.

 

 

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